12 June 2009
NAPLES 1772 -- Lettera ad un amica Nella quale si dà ragguaglio della funzione seguita in Napoli il giorno 6. Settembre del 1772. Per solennizzare il battesimo della reale infanta Maria Teresa Carolina primogenita delle LL. MM. delle due Sicilie il Re Ferdinando IV. e Regina Maria Carolina Arciduchessa d'Austria, e delle feste date per quest'oggetto. Naples: Paolo di Simone, 1772.
2o (440 x 310 mm). Engraved vignette on title-page, engraved tailpiece, and 14 double-page engraved plates by CARLO NOLI after LUIGI VANVITELLI and CARLO BIBIENA (some occasional spotting and minor staining). Original flexible paper boards, uncut (spine perishing); cloth box.
A record of the festival held in Naples in September 1772 to celebrate the christening of MARIA TERESA (1772-1807), the first child of Ferdinand IV, King of Naples and the Two Sicilies and his wife Marie Caroline of Austria. The architect Luigi Vanvitelli was commissioned by the Viceroy of Naples to construct an elliptical ballroom decorated with statues in niches, above which were placed copies of frescoes recently evacuated at Herculaneum. Vanvitelli also designed the theater in which the opera Cerere Placata was performed on 14 September as part of the celebration. The plates illustrate the decorated facade of the palace of the Duke of Arcos and its courtyard, the ballroom, the theater, and scenes from the opera with set decorations designed by Carlo Bibiena. Berlin 4159; Cicognara 1526.
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